Congratulations to Dr. Mikell Paige
Congratulations to Dr. Mikell Paige on being granted tenure and promoted to the mark of Associate Professor!!
Undergraduate Researcher Mosufa Zainab Wins Research Award
CONGRATULATIONS to Mosufa Zainab and the Couch Lab. Mosufa presented her research poster, “Antibiotic development for two multi drug-resistant bacteria; Inhibition of Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae 1-Deoxy-D-Xylulose 5-Phosphate Reductoisomerase” at the annual COS Undergraduate Research Colloquium. The presentation went very well and she was named winner of the “College of Science Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award 2019“. Earlier during the month of April, Mosfua traveled to Florida with Dr. Robin Couch and lab researchers to present her research at a national scientific meeting. Congratulations to Mosufa for a job well done and congratulations to Dr. Robin Couch for his steadfast mentorship of her undergraduate research project!!!
Dr. Xiaoyan Tan
Ph.D., Florida State University
M.S., University of Science and Technology of China
B.S., Hefei University of Technology
Inorganic solid-state chemistry: synthesis and characterization of functional solid state materials from intermetallics to oxides.
- General Chemistry 2
- Physical Chemistry Lab 1
Dr. John Schreifels Recognized at the 2019 Faculty/Staff Awards Breakfast
Dr. John Schreifels was recognized at the 2019 Faculty/Staff Awards Breakfast, which was held on April 4th, for 30 years of service at George Mason University. Congratulations!!!!
Doctoral Candidate Arion Leahigh Featured in ACS News Article
Arion Leahigh, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was recently featured in the prestigious ACS publication, Chemical and Engineering News. Congratulations!! Read a snippet of the article below.
The Potomac River flows from West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands to the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, it passes Washington, DC, which in 2017 ranked fourth among US states in opioid deaths per 100,000 people, according to the CDC. Arion Leahigh, a fifth-year PhD student in Gregory Foster’s lab at George Mason University, has set her sights on tracking opioids in the Potomac. She visits sampling locations in the DC metro area by boat or by foot, using a portable, battery-operated pump to collect water and a grab sampler to obtain sediment.
Leahigh comes from a small town in Pennsylvania that’s been hurt by the availability of illicit drugs. She’s helping optimize her lab’s processes for detecting opioids and other pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). In addition to opioids, her team has turned up caffeine and nicotine in almost every sample, plus blood pressure medication, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, and antihistamines.
Leahigh’s group is working to obtain effluent samples from local wastewater treatment plants so they can understand where the drugs they’re finding are coming from. Once they know what the plants are putting out, they can start to understand the differences in concentrations along the Potomac.
Position Open for Instrument Specialist/Electronic Technician
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University, within the College of Science (COS), invites well-qualified applicants to apply for the Instrument Specialist/Electronic Technician position.
The primary purposes of this position are: (1) to support the teaching of laboratory classes by setting up the instrumentation for each experiment and making sure that is it in working condition, (2) training individuals using the equipment, (3) repairing or supervising the repair of inoperable equipment, (4) maintaining research instrumentation in the department, and (5) interfacing with faculty and vendors regarding instructional/research instrumentation purchases.
In addition, the incumbent for this position will also serve as the department IT specialist, handling all of the computer-related needs of the department, and maintain the department’s website.
Review of applications will begin promptly, and continue until the position is filled.
Position Open for Research Assistant
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic person for a laboratory technician/research assistant position to work on a nanobiotechnology project to discover new antiviral biomolecules. This project is part of a multidisciplinary effort involving polymer chemistry, biochemistry, proteomics, virology and mass spectrometry.
The primary focus of this position is will be research, with some lab management responsibilities. The research assistant will work closely with the principal investigator and graduate students on the project. This position is responsible for performing tasks and experiments in support of ongoing proteomic/peptidomic technology and discovery-related scientific investigations.
The successful candidate will have a B.S. or M.S. degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline, preferably with experience in the areas of polymer chemistry and biochemistry/molecular biology. Experience with mass spectrometry would be advantageous.
Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
Position Open for Term Faculty in Organic Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University, within the College of Science (COS), invites applications from outstanding candidates for a term faculty position in organic chemistry beginning Fall 2019.
Primary teaching duties will include undergraduate and graduate level courses in organic chemistry. In addition, the faculty member should be able to teach physical organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, spectroscopy, and undergraduate laboratory courses. The course load for non-tenure track faculty is four courses per semester.
The successful candidate will also perform standard departmental service activities, mentor students, and will be expected to establish collaborative relationships with Departmental faculty as well as with other groups within the University.
Review of applications will begin on May 8, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
George Mason Chemistry Welcomes Dr. Chao Luo
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry gladly welcomes Dr. Chao Luo to the department. Dr. Luo will join us in June 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry. His research lab will be on the Fairfax campus. Dr. Luo is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland (College Park, MD). His current work focuses on (1) structure design and material fabrication for organic alkali-ion batteries, (2) high-energy lithium sulfur batteries, and (3) all-solid-state lithium batteries. He has several years of work experience in organic materials, polymers, sulfur, selenium, porous carbon and nanostructured materials for environment and energy related applications.
Dr. Luo’s research lab will explore the use of organic/inorganic materials and new fabrication techniques to design and synthesize novel organic electrodes, porous carbon, nanostructures and their hybrid composites to address environment and energy challenges. A fundamental understanding of reaction mechanism and kinetics, investigation of structure-property correlations and development of functional structures and devices will be explored.
Dr. Luo earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (2015) from the University of Maryland (College Park, MD). He also holds a M.S. in Organic Chemistry (2011) from the Technical Institute of Chemistry and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) and a B.S. in Chemistry (2008) from Wuhan University (Wuhan, China).